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Comment: Headline is flat out wrong (Score 5, Interesting) 534

The highest by any publicly traded company, you mean. I'm pretty sure Saudi Aramco is at the top with annual profits estimated at a whooping $182 billion. Where else do you think the terrorists and the Bush family keep getting all that money from?

Comment: Re:Patents (Score 2) 377

by WWJohnBrowningDo (#48570655) Attached to: Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG

So what constitutes a "product" when it comes to software? Say Mozilla implement this new format for Firefox, does that mean Mozilla have to pay $0.20 to MPEG LA every time someone downloads a copy of Firefox?

The demo website linked in the story sent a BPG decoder implemented Javascript to our browsers. So does that mean Bellard owe MPEG LA a metric shit-ton of money now?

Comment: Re: Moral Imperialism (Score 5, Informative) 475

by WWJohnBrowningDo (#48188603) Attached to: Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK

Just FYI, the rule against illegal cartoons exists in the USA too. The Supreme Court struck down attempts to use CP laws in this way as being obvious nonsense, so Congress just went ahead and amended the law to make it explicitly illegal as opposed to implicitly illegal.

You apparently missed some important details. I have highlighted them for you.

Comment: Re:Some info seems bogus (Score 3, Informative) 408

by WWJohnBrowningDo (#47955243) Attached to: Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

Some of that info seems bogus. 10,000 CNC mills? Unlikely. 10,000 CNC machines of all types across all of Apple manufacturing, maybe.

I was skeptical too, but then I looked up the numbers and turns out 10,000 is actually an underestimation:

The Fanuc Robodrill is the world's common CNC machine measured by installation numbers and by total value thanks to Apple.

"Now this is a totally brain damaged algorithm. Gag me with a smurfette." -- P. Buhr, Computer Science 354